If you’re 60, single and looking for love, then you have a lot of company in the dating pool. In fact, more than 1 in 6 seniors are unattached. So, here’s some expert advice on finding and meeting someone special:
· Don’t be afraid to look online. A lot of older people think online dating is just for young people. But a recent study found that seniors are the fastest growing segment of dating site subscribers. Which means, the odds of making a match are getting better all the time.
· Be yourself. Relationship expert Terri Orbuch says that if you go the online route, don’t stretch the truth in your profile. Being open and honest from the beginning highlights the two qualities that almost all daters say they’re looking for: integrity and good character.
· Take it slow. Dr. Helen Fisher is the author of Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love. She says that it’s impossible to really size someone up on a first date. So, go easy on the questions and just try to enjoy each other’s company. An AARP study found that the biggest dating complaint for both older men and women was “too much baggage.” So, don’t go into a lot of detail on the first few dates with someone about why you’re back on the market.
· If you start going on dates, wait to tell your kids. Clinical psychologist Dr. Fran Praver says some older children aren’t ready to accept their parents dating. And she suggests waiting until things get serious before introducing them to your kids or bringing them to family events.
These dating tips can apply to other age groups, too. What’s your best dating advice?